Well, I guess this goes to show how difficult it can be to spot a relapse, sometimes.
I spoke to H (my nurse) today about the optic neuritis and heavy legs that I have been experiencing over the last few days. She thought the optic neuritis sounded like I was experiencing a small relapse, but the heavy legs and the ‘cactus gloves’ I am wearing may be related to coming off Gabapentin.
I am to “take it easy and see how I get on”
I thought I would make a list of things that had flared up over the last month or so:
- optic neuritis – lights in my vision (currently) and pain when moving my eyes (last Friday to Sunday)
- stiff heavy legs – currently finding it difficult to walk (up hills especially)
- foot switching itself on and off repeatedly – hot then normal then hot etc. (before Christmas)
- the same foot going excessively cold
- occasional tinnitus – right ear (since early December)
- dizziness – no vertigo head rush, yet, but I lost my balance a couple of times today and either bumped into things or nearly fell over
- my head has gone tingly a couple of times
- I felt very lethargic on a number of occasions since the New Year, but nothing I would class as chronic fatigue
- an increase in the amount of insects who seem to want to escape from my feet
I can go to hospital to be checked over and prescribed more steroids if I need them. I don’t really want to do that, though. H also advised that I take some time off if I feel any more crap than I do now, and I don’t really see that happening either.
Strangely, as I typed this, I experienced a tightness across my chest that may or may not be the “MS hug.”